What Africans Are Saying About International Response To Ebola

By Dana Sanchez, 09:44am AFKI Original

Survey respondents in parts of Africa hit hardest by Ebola say they are satisfied with the international response to the crisis — perhaps surprising given the negative coverage around lack of supplies and beds, according to Denver-based market research company GeoPoll. World Health Organization said there have been 14,098 probable, suspected, and confirmed cases of Ebola, but different models for collecting data would put the number much higher. Collecting data is challenging in such circumstances. USAID Administrator Shah has said “the success of the Ebola response is access to real-time data.” Using mobile phones allows research companies to reach respondents without putting survey collectors at risk, a stakeholder said.

Did Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto Call For The “Expulsion” Of Kikuyus?

Photo: AFP ( By Andrew Friedman, 03:29am AFKI Original

If Witness 800’s story is true, Ruto prepared for violence prior to the election and rewarded those who participated. He was in a position of authority and able to command individuals on a large scale — difficult for Ruto’s defense. Luckily for the defense, one witness does not an international criminal case make. ICC cases often take years. While Witness 800’s testimony tells a troubling narrative, it is also only one narrative among many.

African And African-Diaspora Startups Sought For Accelerator

Thinkstock By Veronica Pamoukaghlian, 10:14am AFKI Original

Startup accelerator Africa Twenty 10 seeks startups from Africa and the African diaspora that have commercial potential, that are owned by women, and with a strong social focus. All Africa Twenty 10 mentoring will be done over the Internet, allowing entrepreneurs around the world access to experts around the world. When it comes to selection criteria, Ethel Cofie said she’s keeping an open mind.

Insecurity A Major Threat To Nigerian President’s Second Term Ambition

Thinkstock By Paul Adepoju, 02:43pm AFKI Original

November 11 at The Eagle Square in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, Nigeria’s President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan formally declared his intention to run for a second term in next year’s general elections, putting an end to controversies and rumors over whether he could, should or would run, or not.

South Africa Looks To Investigate Torture In Zimbabwe

A campaign poster for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his party the Movement for Democratic Change is attached to a fence June 22, 2008 in Bulawayo (Photo: By Andrew Friedman, 03:27am AFKI Original

If one country’s government tortures but refuses to investigate itself, can other countries investigate? This is the question that the South African Constitutional Court sought to answer with a ruling a few weeks ago. The Court, in a unanimous decision, determined that South Africa’s police force was duty bound to investigate the gravest of international crimes

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    Africa-Turkey Summit Renews Agribusiness, Development Pact

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    Leaders of African countries and Turkey met on Friday in the seaside city of Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to review the performance of the 1st Africa-Turkey partnership and to endorse projects and implementation modalities on priority areas for the coming five years. African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz, who is the current chair of the African Union

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    MTN, Woolworths Top Africa’s Most Valuable Brands

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    The annual ranking of the most admired and most valuable brands in sub-Sahara Africa, Brand Africa 100, was announced earlier today at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Established in 2011, Brand Africa 100 measures and ranks brands that consumers admire and their corresponding values. “Prior to 2011, there was no independent measure of the value and the performance of any brand in Africa, whether local or foreign.

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    10 African Sauces We Wish We Could Buy Bottled Everywhere By Julia Austin, 10:19am AFKI Original

    Chermoula sauce is a North African sauce that’s part of a mushroom and potato salad in this delectable-victuals recipe, but we believe it would taste delicious with white fish, or on a rice dish. The sauce calls for some rare ingredients such as preserved lemon, which gives a bold sweet-sour taste; and sambal oelek, made from several types of chili peppers. If you’re always looking for new sauces to dunk, dip and drizzle your favorite food with, try these African sauces. You’ll wish you could buy them bottled.

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    10 Of The Coolest Bars, Lounges, And Clubs In Kenya By Mark Rausch, 06:53am AFKI Original

    They decided to go the literal route with Champagne & Fishbowls, a champagne bar in Nairobi said to be the first of its kind in East Africa. Champagne and cocktails are served in giant fishbowls with straws. Some of the cocktails you can drink out of a fishbowl include De-fish-ency (a scuba dive into vodka, pineapple juice, and blue curaçao), or Tsunami (Heineken and tequila, a beer margarita). Here are 10 of the coolest bars, lounges and clubs in Kenya ranging from seafood restaurant bar, to Italian living room, to pulsating dance venue.

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    Ugandan politicians have said they have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support, and hope to present it before parliament by the end of the year. The move comes nearly a year after Ugandan MPs passed a bill that would have seen homosexuals face up to life in prison. The bill was later struck down by the constitutional court on a technicality.

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    AfDB To Lend Kenya $133M To Extend Access To Power

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    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $133 million loan to fund a project aimed at improving access to electricity among poor populations in Kenya’s rural areas. Only a third of Kenya’s more than 40 million people are connected to the grid, and poor access to electricity as well as erratic supplies are seen as major constraints on economic growth.

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    Tony Elumelu, Five Other Nigerians Join Africa’s Top 50 Richest Persons

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    Two Nigerians, Tony Elumelu and Orji Uzor Kalu, with four other persons have joined Forbes list of 50 richest people in Africa. According to Forbes, Elumelu, a Nigerian investor and founder ofAfrican investment firm, Heirs Holdings, joins the rich list with a net worth of $1 billion. Forbes said Elumelu owns a controlling stake in Transcorp, a listed Nigerian conglomerate that has interests in insurance, healthcare,hotels, power production, energy and agriculture,

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    Visiting Kogelo, Barack Obama’s Ancestral Village

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    When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he became an icon of collective hope and progressiveness. Everyone around the world wanted a piece of hm, including Kenyans, many of whom claimed him as “our son in the US.” This was by virtue of Barack’s father, Barack Obama Sr., having his ancestral roots in Kogelo village in the western part of Kenya. But a year before this buzz, very few Kenyans had heard of Kogelo village. It remained relatively unknown, even in 2006 when then-Senator Barack Obama made a pilgrimage to visit his grandmother in the desolate township. But his victory in the US presidential elections is what really put the town on the map.

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